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2011 - The Year of the Ones

Saturday, January 01, 2011

In all honesty, I don't like odd number years. Something about them makes me uneasy since some of the worst years of my life have been on the odds. 2009 was TERRIBLE for me - it was one of the worst health years of my life given that I had let myself balloon to a whopping 313 pounds on my tiny 5'2" frame. I spent many days in hospitals, waiting rooms, and being poked and prodded testing me for any and all possible diseases that I was convinced were contributing to my obesity. Fortunately, the only disease I had was a bad case of "Fat Head Syndrome", but unfortunately, that lead to a lot of pain and huge doctors bills that it would take me until the middle of the following year to pay off. But 2010 was one of the best years I have ever lived having found SparkPeople, reinvested in my health and myself and setting personal goals that I was able to achieve in all aspects of my life - family, health & career. I lost 70 pounds, sunk my teeth into my therapy to treat my "Fat Head Syndrome", and as the General Manager of my company managed to almost double our budget size in one year. Life is now good.

But I'm willing to go out on a limb and end my odd year superstitions with this one starting today - 01/01/2011. I vow that no matter WHAT happens this year - good, bad or ugly - I AM the one that ultimately has the power to make this year truly wonderful and everything I wish, hope and dream it can be.

2011 for me will be "The Year of the Ones".

I have 30 pounds to go until I will have lost ONE HUNDRED POUNDS with SparkPeople. My estimate for that goal is sometime around April, but if I can step things up a notch here with my training and eating schedule, I'm hoping that I may even see it a little sooner.

In April I will celebrate ONE YEAR of Spark - a program that in addition to my therapy has completely changed my life. I cannot express how grateful I am to the whole team at Spark and to all of you who make this program what it is - an absolute gift and Godsend.

Following up that anniversary (and hopefully not long after) I'll be making my debut in ONEderland - a place I have not seen in over a decade. I am so excited to get there - I hear it's ONEderful!

And since I deem that the two little 1s look like a pair of legs, I've decided to put mine to good use, get the most out of the gifts that Santa brought me (a Garmin Forerunner, new iPod with armband, SmartWool socks, YakTrax, and a couple of running magazines - he spoiled me, eh?), and make this the year of running as well! Who knows - maybe I'll run 11 races this year! The first one to kick of the Chicago race season is the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in April with my friend Kathy (LOTUSFLOWER), then I'm thinking about doing the Ravenswood 5K with my friend Stephanie (SLFRISBEY), and I'm definitely doing the Hot Chocolate race again this year - maybe aiming for the 15K this time...eek! To top off all of this running, I am so excited for my trip to the land of the running record holders the world over - Kenya! My African Safari trip will be in September, and it's not lost on me that the top elite runners in the whole world come from Kenya and Ethiopia - two of the destinations in our travel plans. Unless I'm running from a lion, I'm not sure how much training I'll get in over there, but I'm thinking it's almost going to be like seeing the Holy Grail to run on Kenyan soil. Wow.

So there you have it - my year of ONES. Not so unlike a year of Firsts, I think this will absolutely be a year for the memory bank - achieving goals, making new friends and cherishing old ones, seeing places I've never been, and living life every day to the absolute maximum.

Happy New Year Everyone! Let's do this 2011 Style!!!
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    I can't wait to see you in onederland! I'm hoping to get there this year too.
    2596 days ago
    I LOVE YOUR YEAR OF ONES! This is going to be GREAT! I can't wait to see what all this year holds for you. I wish you much success this year!!! I love all your running gear you got for Christmas. Those are GREAT gifts. I'm glad you had a great holiday.

    You rock!
    2606 days ago
    Say HI to Africa for me... I was born in South Africa!
    2606 days ago
    I just know that 2011 will be the best year ever for you! You are on a definite roll. I can't wait to hear about your runs but I am soooo looking forward to the Africa blogs!
    2607 days ago
    You know, we really should have some April party for the both of us! ;) I can't wait to be able to post both those "I lost 100 pounds with SP" and "One year with Spark" blogs. I'm so excited to see where I'll be by then that I refuse to waste a moment of the time I have now! (Remind me of that later, mmmkay?! *lol*) And, uhm, can I switch Santas with you? Mine didn't really get the memo this year...he tried, but I was still a smidge disappointed. (Got my Kinect, but no BL or Zumba game...dangit!!)

    And OMG you have to run in Kenya and then we'll get you a shirt that says, "I run like a Kenyan!" Yep. Yep. Yep.
    2607 days ago
  • ANDREA963
    I'd take a wager that you make it all happen! I like the sound of the year of the ones. :) This past year I maintained. So if I could weigh a minimum of 11 pounds less next January 1, 2012, I'd feel pretty good about that. (I'm on the slow plan as you can tell). :)

    Have a ONEderful year!
    2607 days ago
    Wow, 2011 is going to be amazing! I love you're plans and especially going to AFRICA!!! I just want to get out of the country this year :) Can't wait to run with you in April!
    2607 days ago
    This is fabulous!
    2607 days ago
    I love it!!! You can and will make this a year of 1's, I can't wait to join you in ONEderland! My estimate is around March or April as well, at my slow rate of loss, but I'm hoping for sooner, too. We can do this!! And Santa was good to you! Were you kissing him under the mistletoe? LOL.
    2607 days ago
  • WYND10
    You will do Onederfully! I have no doubt :).

    Happy New Year!!!!
    2607 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/4/2011 10:34:59 AM
    You've already accomplished so much, I know you can keep it up!
    2607 days ago
    I love it and yes, Santa was good to you! Here is to a great 2011!
    2608 days ago
    This is going to be a great year for you!!! You are truly an inspiration!
    2608 days ago
    Sounds like a great year ahead of you!

    2609 days ago
    Your blogs are such a joy to read! I think you have done wonders and will continue to do so. Can't wait till you get to One-derland!
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    2609 days ago
    Wow, sweetie. It sounds like you have a lot to look forward to this year - ONE-derland and 11 races. Holy smokes! Rock this thing.

    I can't imagine this year being anything but fabulous for you [whatever the number is.]

    2609 days ago
    Woohoo on your sucesses so far, wishing you all the best for 2011. You are doing fantastic emoticon
    2610 days ago
  • SWELL10
    Awesome blog! I'm right there with you on the onederful one's goals. I have 20 lbs to hit 100 lbs and 17 lbs to hit onederland! Lets vow to do it -- the sooner the better! I oneder when that will be? emoticon and so can I!!!!!
    2610 days ago
  • TES5061
    Fantastic! Truly inspirational! This year will be great for you. I have no doubt about that!
    2610 days ago
    I was just going to say, break the curse of the odd numbered year! You are way ahead of me though. I love how you took a look at your life, your options, and your attitude and decided that everything about this year is going to be positive. I KNOW YOU WILL DO GREAT THIS YEAR!!!
    2610 days ago
  • RIGBY31
    Yessss! Let's move it, let's get there in 2011.
    2610 days ago
    Yes, ma'am!

    2011= emoticon
    2610 days ago
    What a marvelous way to start the new year! Good luck with all your goals!
    2610 days ago
    Way to break that old pattern! 2011 is going to be one good year in so many ways!
    2610 days ago
    I raise my arms and do a fist pump in celebration of your goals!
    2610 days ago
    Congrats on the great outlook and success so far. You sound like you are doing great. I think this year is going to be your year. Enjoy it.
    2610 days ago
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